Mercedes happy but Ferrari unhappy with new Pirelli tyres

31 July, 2013

Mercedes mechanic with new Pirelli tyres

Mercedes mechanic with new Pirelli tyre

The big news following the Hungarian Grand Prix race debut of Pirelli’s latest tyre specification is that Mercedes’ long struggles could finally be over, but their is discontent in the Ferrari camp.

Ferrari, on the other hand, thinks the move to the new specification combining the 2013 compounds with the 2012 Kevlar based construction has hurt the Italian team’s performance.

“There is no doubt that it will be better for some than it is for others,” Mercedes’ Ross Brawn is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “but I still have no idea [of] where we are.”

The tempting analysis, of course, is to surmise that Lewis Hamilton’s first win of the 2013 season, from pole position in Hungary, showed that Mercedes is the big winner of the tyre shakeup.

Brawn warns: “But it doesn’t mean the same will happen in Spa.”

Even Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motor sport boss, thinks that Hungary might be evidence that Mercedes’ troubles are finally over.

“The big difference is that they didn’t have the overheating problems that we saw them have on the rear tyres in the past 18 months,” he said.

“If they’ve solved those problems, [then] Mercedes will be very strong in the second half of the season,” Hembery added.

At the same time, in a post-race media statement, Ferrari made clear that the new 2012 / 2013 tyres “definitely did not suit” the Formula 138 in Hungary.

“Pirelli’s choice contributed to artificially altering the hierarchy in the field, something that has not pleased the President (Luca di Montezemolo) or the men of the Scuderia,” Ferrari added.

“This topic will be the subject of further debate in the near future,” the statement concluded.

A slightly more cautious team boss, Stefano Domenicali, told Totalrace: “We need to understand if it has to do with the structure of the tyre, or whether it will depend on the compounds that are taken to each race.

“What is clear is that Mercedes have solved their problems with these new tyres,” said the Italian. (GMM)

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  • McLarenfan

    So they now want KIMI to make the car work

  • Boycottthebull

    Massa had two tyre blowouts at one race meeting how is getting a tyre that doesnt explode not beneficial to them? Geez there is no please some people.

    @McLarenfan, Kimi isnt going back, they stiffed Kimi to force him out to bring Alonso and their new Spanish bankers in, he may be the quiet type and not say aloud but he wont be part of a team that shot itself in the foot just to get the big bucks

  • Pitwall

    …but THERE is discontent in the Ferrari camp…

    Come on guys, I find it hard to read some of these articles when basic spelling errors abound.

  • Mercheates has gotten away with their illegal test to fix their car

    How sad that Mercheates was aloud to get away with in season testing that has now been proven to hurt the other teams while giving Mercheates a huge advantage.

    Formula One has lost all credibility.

  • Hawk

    Mr. (I assume anyway) you will soon die of a heart attack. your current suffering is not good for your health. you are undergoing a lot of torture..

  • Chucky

    Ferrari camp crying, that’s news! They always cry when not winning every single race! I hope they wind up with neither Alonso or Kimi next year! Let them eat cow manure for a couple of years.

  • petes

    @Boycottt, the tyre losses they had there were all to do with a system they were trialling on Massa’s car. A system which in fact may not pass FIA scrutiny.

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